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A Journal of Applied Hermeneutics 
Content by Chronological Order 

THE WARRIORS' WAY 

A Journal of Applied Hermeneutics 

Number 1 , Volume 1 

Los Angeles, January 1996 

WHAT IS HERMENEUTICS ? 

THE WARRIORS' WAY VIEWED AS A PHILOSOPHICAL-PRACTICAL PARADIGM. 
QUERIES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY: WHO ARE THE CHACMOOLS ? 
THE TENSEGRITY LOG: WHAT IS TENSEGRITY? 

THE WARRIORS' WAY 

A Journal of Applied Hermeneutics 

Number 2, Volume 1 

Los Angeles, February, 1996 

Author's Note 

WHAT IS INTENTIONALITY ? 

QUERIES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY 

The Warriors' Way Viewed as a Philosophical-Practical Paradigm 

THE TENSEGRITY LOG: WHAT ARE WARRIOR GUARDIANS? 

Carlos Castaneda's 

READERS OF INFINITY 

A JOURNAL OF APPLIED HERMENEUTICS 

Los Angeles, March, 1996 

Number 3, Volume 1 

Author's Note 

What is Phenomenology? 

The Warriors' Way Viewed as a Philosophical-Practical Paradigm 
Quedes About the Warriors' Way: What is the point of doing Tensegrity...? 
Tensegrity Log: The Forcé that Holds Us Together as Fields of Energy 

Carlos Castaneda's 

READERS OF INFINITY 

A Journal of Applied Hermeneutics 

Number 4, Volume 1 

Los Angeles, April, 1996 

Author's Note 

A NEW AREA FOR PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY 

THE WARRIORS' WAY VIEWED AS A PHILOSOPHICAL-PRACTICAL PARADIGM 
QUERIES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY 
TENSEGRITY LOG: HOW TO DO TENSEGRITY 



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Author's Notes 

Number 2 - February 1996 

Author's note : For purposes of elucidation, it is necessary that language be used in this journal in 
its fullest permissible scope. Thus, philosophical discourse will be rendered as formally as it 
demands. Sorcerers' discourse, on the other hand, will be rendered as it was stated. The fullest 
permissible scope of language enters into play in this instance. 

Number 3 - March 1996 

Author's Note : 

The exclusive goal of this journal is the dissemination of ideas. Due to the fact that the ideas 
proposed here are, to a considerable degree, foreign to Western man, the format of this journal 
must be adapted to the nature of those ideas. The ideas I am referring to were proposed to me by 
don Juan Matus, a Mexican Indian sorcerer or shaman who guided me through a thirteen-year 
apprenticeship into the cognitive world of sorcerers who lived in México in ancient times. I intend 
to present these concepts in the same fashion that he did : directly, concisely and using language 
to the fullest possible extent. This is the manner in which don Juan conducted every facet of his 
teachings ; it attracted my attention, from the beginning of my association with him, to the extent 
that I have made clarity and precisión in language usage one of the desired goals of my Ufe. 

My attempts to publish this journal go back as far as 1971, when I presented this format to some 
book editors, who promptly turned me down because it did not conform to the preconceived 
notion of a scholarly journal, ñor did it conform to the format of a magazine, or even a newsletter. 
My argument that the ideas contained in the journal were foreign enough to dictate a format that 
was an amalgamation of all three of those established genres did not have the sufficient forcé to 
convince them to publish it. The title that I had for the journal, at that time, was The Journal of 
Ethno-Hermeneutics. Years later, I actually found that a publication bearing that ñame was in 
circulation. 

Now, I find myself in the position of publishing this journal. It is not an attempt at 
commercializing anything, ñor is it a vehicle for apologetics of any sort. I envision it as an attempt 
to join the Western man's world of philosophical speculation with the seeing -observations of the 
Indian sorcerers who lived in México in ancient times and whose cultural descendants were don 
Juan Matus and his cohorts. 

I vowed, since entering into don Juan's cognitive world, to remain truthful to what he taught me. I 
can say, without being boastful, that for thirty-five years, I have kept this promise alive. It now 
bears on the conception and development of this journal. It conforms to one of don Juan's seeing- 
observations : he called it reading infínity . He said that when one is empty of thoughts and has 
acquired something he called "inner silence," the horizon appears to the eye of the seer as a sheet 
of lavender. On that sheet of lavender, a point of color becomes visible : pomegranate. That point 
of pomegranate expands suddenly and bursts into an infínity that can be read. It can be said that at 
this moment in our history, we human beings are readers, regardless of whether we read 
philosophical themes or instructional manuals. A worthwhile challenge conceived by don Juan for 
such readers is to become readers of infínity . Thisjournal is congruous, I assure you, in spirit and 
practice, with that challenge. It stems from inner silence ; it is an invitation to all to become 
readers of infínity. 



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In view of these arguments, I have decided, backed by the unanimous agreement of my cohorts, to 
change the ñame of this journal from, The Warriors' Way , a term long in use, to something 
current, which has not been used yet: READERS OF INFINITY 



Number 4 - April 1996 

Author's Note 

The April issue of Readers of Infinity: A journal of Applied Hermeneutics, is being published at 
this late date, because it, together with the first three issues, belongs to an original set of four, 
specifically conceived in harmony with the sorcerers' idea that the number four implies order and 
permanency. 

It was the writer's utmost wish to give this journal a character as distant as possible from 
temporariness, whatever that character may turn out to be. It seems that in this case, it turned out 
to be the publication of this journal in book form. So be it. Since the fourth issue was already 
finished by late March and ready to go to press, it became impossible to pass up the opportunity to 
publish it as a monthly issue. 

Philosophical Discourse 

WHAT IS HERMENEUTICS ? 

WHAT IS HERMENEUTICS ? 

Hermeneutics was first a method for interpreting sacred texts, essentially Biblical texts. Later, it 
covered the interpretation of literary texts and texts in general, and finally as it stand today, it is a 
philosophical method that deals with the interpretation of the historical, social, psychological, etc., 
aspects of our world. 

It is called a method because it is a manner or mode, a systematic way to approach a topic of 
inquiry. Hermeneutics as a philosophical method seeks to examine the bases that structure the 
different aspects of our world and to lay bare their presuppositions. 

What we propose to do in this journal of applied hermeneutics is to take the position delineated by 
don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian sorcerer from México, and to describe the way which he and 
other sorcerers like himself interpreted the social, historical, psychological, etc., aspects of their 
world. 

Thus our intention to emphasize the sorcerers' idea of practicality as opposed to the purely abstract 
reflection of a philosophical method; henee, our proposal to cali it a journal of applied 
hermeneutics . 

WHAT IS INTENTIONALITY ? 

WHAT IS INTENTIONALITY ? 

In the first issue of this journal, intentionality was defined as "the tacit act of filling out the empty 



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spaces left by direct sensory perception, or the act of enriching the observable phenomena by 
means of intention ." This definition is an attempt at staying away from the standard philosophical 
explanations of intentionality. The concept of intentionality is of key importance in elucidating the 
themes of sorcery, as bona fide topics for philosophical discourse. The slant proposed for this 
journal — applied hermeneutics — is expressed through the revisión and reinterpretation of themes 
pertinent to the discipline of philosophy ; themes which are congruous with other themes pertinent 
to the discipline of sorcery. 

In the discipline of philosophy, intentionality is a term first used by the Scholastics in the Middle 
Ages to define, in terms of natural and unnatural motion, the intent of God in relation to his 
creation and the free will of man to choose or reject a virtuous Ufe ; Scholastics were Western 
European scholars who developed a system of theological and philosophical teachings based on 
the authority of the church fathers and of Aristotle and his commentators. 
The term intentionality was restructured in the late 19th century by Franz Brentano, a Germán 
philosopher, whose main concern was to find a characteristic which separates mental from 
physical phenomena. He said, "Every mental phenomenon is characterized by what the 
Scholastics of the Middle Ages called the intentional or the mental inexistence of an object, and 
what we would like to cali the reference to a content, the directness toward an object, which in this 
context is not to be understood as something real. In the representation, something is represented, 
in the judgment, something is acknowledged or rejected, in the desiring, something is desired. 
This intentional inexistence is peculiar alone to mental phenomena. No physical phenomenon 
shows anything like it. And thus, we can define mental phenomena by saying that such 
phenomena contain objects in themselves byway of intentionality." 

Brentano's understanding was that it is the property of all mental phenomena to contain objects as 
inexistents, combined with the property of referring to those objects. Therefore, for him, only 
mental phenomena encase intentionality. Thus, intentionality becomes the irreducible feature of 
mental phenomena. He argued that since no physical phenomena could encase intentionality, the 
mental (the mind) cannot stem from the brain. 

In the discipline of sorcery, there is an entry called calling intent . It refers to the definition of 
intentionality that was given in this journal: "the tacit act of filling out the empty spaces left by 
direct sensory perception, or the act of enriching the observable phenomena by means of 
intention." Sorcerers maintain, as Brentano intuited, that the act of intending is not in the realm of 
the physical ; that is to say, it is not part of the physicality of the brain or any other organ. Intent, 
for sorcerers, transcends the world we know. It is something like an energetic wave, a beam of 
energy which attaches itself to us. 



What is Phenomenology? 

What is Phenomenology? 

Phenomenology is a philosophical method, or a philosophical system proposed by a Germán 
mathematician and philosopher, Edmund Gustav Husserl (1859-1938) in a monumental work 
whose title has been translated as Logical Investigations , which he published in three volumes 
from 1900 to 1913. 

The term Phenomenology had already been in use in philosophical circles since the 1700's. It 
meant, then, abstracting consciousness and experience from their realm of intentional components 
and describing them in a philosophical frame ; or it meant the historical research into the 
development of the consciousness of the self from primary sensations to rational thought. 

It is, however, Husserl who gave it its modern-day format. He postulated Phenomenology as a 



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philosophical method for the study of essences, or the act of putting those essences into the flux of 
life experience. He thought of it as a transcendental philosophy dealing only with the residue left 
after a reduction is performed. He called this reduction epochM , the bracketing of meaning or the 
suspensión of judgment. "Going back to the origins" was Husserl's motto, when it referred to any 
philosophical-scientific inquiry. To go back to the origins implied such a reduction, which Husserl 
expected to inject into any given philosophical inquiry, as an integral part, a world that exists 
before reflection begins. He intended Phenomenology to be a method for approaching living 
experience as it occurs in time and space ; it is an attempt to describe directly our experience as it 
happens, without pausing to consider its origins or its causal explanations. 
To achieve this task, Husserl proposed epochM : a total change of attitude where the philosopher 
moves from things themselves to the ir meanings ; that is to say, from the realm of objectified 
meaning - the core of science - to the realm of meaning as it is experienced in the immediate life- 
world. 

Later on, other Western philosophers defined and redefined Phenomenology to suit their particular 
specifications. Phenomenology as it stands today is a philosophical method that defies definition. 
It has been said that it is still in the process of defining itself. This fluidity is what holds the 
interest of sorcerers. 

From my association with don Juan Matus and the other practitioners of his Une, I carne to the 
conclusión, by directly experiencing their shamanistic practices, that the bracketing of meaning, or 
the suspensión of judgment that Husserl postulated as the essential reduction of every 
philosophical inquiry, is impossible to accomplish when it is a mere exercise of the philosopher's 
intellect. 

I was told by someone who studied with Martin Heidegger, Husserl's student, that when Husserl 
was asked for a pragmatic indication of how to accomplish this reduction, he said: "How in the 
hell should I know? I'm a philosopher." Contemporary philosophers who have reworked and 
enlarged the parameters of Phenomenology have never actually addressed the subject of 
practicalities. For them, Phenomenology has remained a purely philosophical theme. In their 
realm, therefore, this bracketing of meaning is at best merely a philosophical exercise. 
In the sorcerers' world, suspending judgment is not the desired beginning of any philosophical- 
practical inquiry, but the necessity of every shamanistic practice. Sorcerers expand the parameters 
of what they can perceive to the point that they systematically perceive the unknown. To realize 
this feat, they have to suspend the effect of their normal interpretation system. This act is 
accomplished as a matter of survival rather than as a matter of choice. In this sense, the 
practitioners of don Juan's knowledge go a step beyond the intellectual exercises of philosophers. 
The proposition in this section of this journal is to follow the statements made by philosophers 
and correlate them with the practical accomplishments of sorcerers, who have, strangely enough, 
worked their practices, in many cases, seemingly along the same Unes as those proposed by 
Western philosophers. 

A NEW AREA FOR PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY 

A NEW AREA FOR PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY 

We have briefly discussed in the previous issues of this journal the idea of Hermeneutics as a 
method of interpretation, the idea of the Phenomenological Method, and the idea of intentionality. 
I would like to outline now the possibility of a new área of philosophical inquiry. The elucidation 
of this topic is hinged on the definition of certain concepts that were developed by sorcerers or 
shamans who lived in México in ancient times. 

The first of such concepts, which is the cornerstone of sorcerers' activities and beliefs, is called 
seeing . By seeing , sorcerers mean the capacity that, in their belief, human beings have to perceive 



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energy as it flows in the universe. The claim that sorcerers make, which is substantiated by their 
practices, is that energy can be perceived directly as it flows in the universe, using our entire 
organism as a vehicle for perception. 

Sorcerers make a distinction between the body as part of the cognition of our everyday Ufe, and 
the entire organism as an energetic unit which is not part of our cognitive system. This energetic 
unit includes the unseen parts of the body, such as the internal organs, and the energy that flows 
through them. They assert that it is with this part that energy can be directly perceived. 
Because of the predominance of sight in our habitual way of perceiving the world, sorcerers 
describe the act of directly apprehending energy as seeing . For sorcerers to perceive energy as it 
flows in the universe means that energy adopts nonidiosyncratic, specific configurations that 
repeat themselves consistently, and that can be apprehended in the Same terms by anyone who 
sees. 

The most important example of this consistency of energy in adopting specific configurations is 
the human body when it is perceived directly as energy. Sorcerers perceive a human being as a 
conglomérate of energy fields that gives the total impression of a clear-cut sphere of luminosity. 
Taken in this sense, energy is described by sorcerers as a vibration that agglutinates itself into 
cohesive units. They describe the entire universe as composed of energy configurations that 
appear to the seeing sorcerers as filaments, or luminous fibers that are strung in every which way, 
but without ever being entangled. This is an incomprehensible proposition for the linear mind. It 
has a built-in contradiction that can't be resolved: how could those fibers extend themselves every 
which way and yet not be entangled ? 

Sorcerers, as unstudied practitioners of the phenomenological method, can only describe events. If 
their terms of description seem inadequate and contradictory, it is because of the limitations of 
syntax. Yet, their descriptions are as strict as anything can be. The luminous energetic fibers that 
make up the universe at large do extend themselves to infinity in every which way, and yet, they 
are not entangled. Each fiber is an individual, concrete configuration; each fiber is infinity itself. 
In order to deal with these phenomena more adequately, perhaps it would be proper to construct 
an entirely different way of describing them. According [actual page 3/12] to sorcerers, this is not 
at all a far-fetched idea, because perceiving energy directly is something that can be achieved by 
every human being. Sorcerers argüe that this condition accords human beings the potential of 
reaching, through an evolutionary consensus, an agreement on how to describe the universe. 
[page 3/12] 

Another sorcerers' concept that deserves cióse scrutiny in terms of this elucidation is something 
they cali intent . They describe it as a perennial forcé that permeates the entire universe ; a forcé 
that is aware of itself to the point of responding to the beckoning or to the command of sorcerers. 
The act of using intent they cali intending . By means of intending , sorcerers are capable, they say, 
of unleashing not only all the human possibilities of perceiving, but all the human possibilities of 
action. They maintain that through intent , the most far-fetched formulations can be realized. 
The limit of sorcerers' capability of perceiving is called the band of man , meaning that there is a 
boundary that marks human capabilities as dictated by the human organism. These boundaries are 
not merely the traditional boundaries of orderly thought, but the boundaries of the totality of 
resources locked within the human organism. Sorcerers believe that these resources are never 
used, but are kept in situ by preconceived ideas about our limitations, limitations that have nothing 
to do with our actual potential. 

The point that sorcerers present is that since perceiving energy as it flows in the universe is not 
arbitrary or idiosyncratic, seers witness formulations of energy that happen by themselves and are 
not a product of interpretation on our part. Sorcerers declare that the perception of such 
formulations is, in itself and by itself, the key that releases the locked-in human potential that 
never enters into play. Such formulations of energy, since they happen, by definition, 
independently of man's volition or intervention, are capable of creating a new subjectivity. Being 
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sorcerers, the source of a new intersubjectivity. 

According to sorcerers, the subjectivity of everyday Ufe is dictated by the syntax of our language. 
It necessitates guidelines, and teachers, who, by means of well-placed traditional commands that 
seem to be the product of our historical growth, begin to direct us, from the instant of our birth, to 
perceive the world. Sorcerers maintain that the intersubjectivity resulting from this syntax-guided 
rearing is, naturally, ruled by syntactical description-commands. They give as an example the 
statement, "I am in love," a feeling which is shared intersubjectively by all of us, and which, they 
point out, is released upon hearing that description-command. 

Sorcerers are convinced that, on the other hand, the subjectivity resulting from perceiving energy 
directly as it flows in the universe is not guided by syntax. It does not necessitate guidelines and 
teachers to point out this or that by commentary or command. The resulting intersubjectivity 
among sorcerers exists by means of something which they cali power , which is the sum total of all 
the intending brought together by an individual. Since such intersubjectivity is not elicited through 
the aid of syntactical commands or solicitations, sorcerers claim that this subjectivity is a direct 
byproduct of the total human organism at work, fixed on one single purpose : intending direct 
communication. 

In summation, intentionality or intending , for sorcerers, is the pragmatic utilization of intent , the 
forcé that expedites everything. For them, intent is a pragmatic channel for attainment, and 
intentionality is the means to use it. It is not merely, as it is with the philosophical discourse of the 
Western man, the intellectual account of the growth of human awareness from basic sensations to 
complex processes that can produce knowledge. Given that sorcerers are thoroughly pragmatic in 
their approach to Ufe and living, intentionality is an active affair. It entails a posture on the part of 
sorcerers that they describe as a stand of power . From this stand, they can actually cali intent. In 
this sense, intentionality becomes the [actual page 4/12] complete ly conscious act of intending . 
Sorcerers explain that these phenomena are actualized when the total human organism, in all its 
potential, is engaged in one single, all-inclusive purpose : intending . 
[page 4/12] 

Taking sorcerers' capacity to perceive energy directly as a point of departure, it is possible to 
conceive a new área for philosophical discourse. The impediment to the realization of this 
possibility has been, so far, the lack of interest on the part of the sorcery practitioners in 
conceptualizing their knowledge and their practices. Sorcerers claim that after reaching certain 
thresholds of perception, which are like entrances into other realms of existence, the interest of 
practitioners is focused solely on the practical aspect of their knowledge. 

Because of this bent towards pragmatism, sorcerers can seriously contémplate the transformation 
of philosophy and philosophical inquiry into a realm of practicalities by incorporating in it a more 
inclusive view of human potential. They consider that the direct perception of energy is then the 
usher that would lead us into a new subjectivity, free from syntax. Sorcerers propose that this new 
subjectivity is the way to reach intent , through the active process of intentionality. 



The Warrior's Way as a Philosophical-Practical 
Paradigm 

Partí 

THE WARRIORS* WAY VIEWED AS A PHILOSOPHICAL-PRACTICAL PARADIGM. 



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One premise of the warriors' way will be discussed in every one of our issues. 

WE ARE PERCEPTORS. This is the first premise o the warriors' way, according to the form in 
which don Juan Matus taught it to his disciples. It seems to be a tautological statement: the 
reassertion of the obvious; something like saying a bald man is one that doesn't have hair, but it is 
not tautology, what we have here. In the sorcerers' world, it refers to the fact that we are 
organisms whose basic orientation is perceiving . We are perceptors, and that, according to 
sorcerers, is the only source from which we could establish our stability and obtain our orientation 
in the world. 

Don Juan Matus told his disciples that human being as organisms perform a stupendous maneuver 
which, unfortunately, gives perception a false front; they take the influx of sheer energy and turn it 
into sensory data, which they interpret following a strict system of interpretation which sorcerers 
cali the human form . This magical act of interpreting puré energy gives rise to the false front: the 
peculiar conviction on our part that our interpretation system is all that exists. Don Juan explained 
that a tree as we know tree is more interpretation than perception. He said that for us to deal with 
tree, all we need is a cursory glance that tells us hardly anything. The rest is a phenomena which 
he described as the calling of intent : the intent of tree , that is to say, the interpretation of sensory 
data pertaining to this specific phenomena that we cali tree . 

And just like this example, the whole world for us is composed of an endless repertoire of 
interpretations where our senses play a minimal role. In other words, only our visual sense touches 
the energy influx which is the universe, and it does so only minimally. Sorcerers maintain that the 
majority of our perceptual activity is interpretation ; they maintain that human beings are the kind 
of organisms that need a minimal input of sheer perception in order to créate their world or, that 
they perceive only enough to serve their interpretation system. To assert that we are perceptors is 
an attempt on the part of sorcerers to push us back to our origin; to push us back to what should be 
our original stand : perceiving . 



Part 2 

The Warriors' Way Viewed as a Philosophical-Practical Paradigm 

In the previous issue of this journal, the first premise of the warriors' way was stated as : We Are 
Perceptors. Perceptors was used in place of perceivers. This was not an error, but the desire to 
extend the use of the Spanish language term perceptor which is very active, in order to connote in 
English the urgency of being a perceiver. In this journal of applied hermeneutics, the problem of 
enhancing the meaning of a term by propping it with a foreign cognate is going to arise quite 
often ; sometimes even to the point of forcing the creation of a new term ; not as a show of 
snobbery, but because of the inherent need to describe some sensation or experience or perception 
that has either never been described before, or if it has, it has escaped our knowledge. The 
implication is that our knowledge, no matter how adequate it might be, is limited. 
The second premise of the warriors' way is called WE ARE WHAT OUR INCEPTION IS. This is 
one of the most difficult premises of the warriors' way ; not so much because of its complexity or 
rarity, but because it is nearly impossible for any of us to admit certain conditions pertaining to 
ourselves, conditions which sorcerers have been aware of over the millennia. 
The first time don Juan Matus began to explain this premise, I thought he was joking, or that he 
was merely trying to shock me. He was teasing me at the time about my stated concern with 
finding love in Ufe. He had asked me once what were my aims in Ufe. Since I couldn't come up 
with any intelligible answer, I replied to him half jokingly that I wanted to find love. 
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on that occasion. "Why don't you cali a spade a spade ? You are in search of sexual satisfaction, 
true?" 

I denied it, of course. But the topic remained with don Juan as a source for teasing me. Every time 
I saw him, he would find or construct the proper context to ask me about my search for love, i.e. 
sexual satisfaction. 

The first time he discussed the second premise of the warriors' way he began by teasing me, but 
suddenly he became very serious. 

"I recommend that you change venues," he said, and abstain totally from continuing your search. 

It will lead you nowhere at best ; at worst, it will lead you to your downfall." 

"But why don Juan, why must I give up sex?" I asked in a plaintive voice. 

"Because you are a bored fuck," he said. 

"What is that, don Juan? What do you mean, bored fuck?" 

"One of the most serious things warriors do," don Juan explained, "is to search, confirm, and 
realize the nature of their inception. Warriors must know as accurately as they can whether their 
parents were sexually excited when they conceived them, or whethertheywere merely fulfilling a 
conjugal function. Civilized lovemaking is very, very boring to the participants. Sorcerers believe, 
without a shadow of a doubt, that children conceived in a civilized fashion are the products of a 
very bored . . . fuck. I don't know what else to cali it. If I used another word, it would be a 
euphemism, and it would lose its punch." 

After being told this incessantly, I began to ponder seriously what he was talking about. I thought 
I had understood him. Then doubt crept up on me every time and I found myself asking the same 
question : "What is a bored fuck, don Juan ?" I suppose I unconsciously wanted him to repeat 
what he had already said dozens of times. 

"Don't begrudge my repetition," don Juan used to say to me every time. "It'll take years of 
pounding before you admit that you are a bored fuck. So, I'll repeat to you again : If there is no 
excitation at the moment of conception, the child that comes out of such a unión will be 
intrinsically, sorcerers say, just as he was conceived. Since there is no real excitation between the 
spouses, but perhaps merely mental desire, the child must bear the consequences of their act. 
Sorcerers assert that such children are needy, weak, unstable, dependent. Those, they say, are the 
children that never, ever leave home ; they stay put for Ufe. The advantage of such beings is that 
they are extremely consistent in the midst of their weakness. They could do the same job for a 
lifetime without ever feeling the urge to change. If they happen to have a good, sturdy model as 
children, they grow to be very efficient, but if they fail to have a good pattern, there is no end to 
their anguish, turmoil and instability 

"Sorcerers say with great sadness that the enormous bulk of humanity was conceived like that. 
This is the reason we hear endlessly about the urge to find something that we don't have. We 
search, for the duration of our Uves, according to sorcerers, for that original excitation that we 
were deprived of. That's why I said that you are a bored fuck. I see anguish and discontent written 
all over you. But don't feel bad. I am also a bored fuck. There are very few people, in my 
knowledge, who are not." 

"What does this mean to me, don Juan?" I asked him once, genuinely alarmed. 

Somehow don Juan had hit my inner core directly with every one of his words. I was exactly what 

he had described as the bored fuck reared in a bad pattern. Finally one day, it all boiled down to a 

crucial statement and question. 

"I admit I'm a bored fuck. What can I do?" I said. 

Don Juan laughed uproariously, tears coming to his eyes. "I know, I know," he said, patting me on 
the back, trying to comfort me, I suppose. "To begin with, don't cali yourself a bored fuck." 
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"Write everything down," he said encouragingly. "The first positive step is to use just the initials : 
B.F." 

I wrote this down before I realized the joke. I stopped and looked at him. He was veritably about 
to split his sides laughing. In Spanish, bored fuck is cojida aburrida , C. A., just like the initials of 
my birth ñame, Carlos Aranha. 

When his laughter had subsided, don Juan seriously delineated a plan of action to offset the 
negative conditions of my inception. He laughed uproariously as he described me as not only an 
average B.F., but as one that had an extra charge of nervousness. 

"In the warriors' path," he said, "nothing is finished. Nothing is forever. If your parents didn't 
make you as they should have, remake yourself." 

He explained that the first maneuver of the sorcerers' kit is to become a miser of energy. Since a 
B.F does not have any energy, it is useless to waste the little bit that he has in patterns that are not 
adequate to the amount of energy available. Don Juan recommended that I abstain from engaging 
in patterns of behavior that demanded energy I did not have. Abstinence was the answer, not 
because this was morally correct or desirable, but because it was energetically the only way for 
me to store enough energy to be on par with those who were conceived under conditions of 
tremendous excitation. 

The patterns of behavior he was talking about included everything that I did, from the way I tied 
my shoes, or ate, to the way I worried about my selfpresentation, or the way I pursued my daily 
activity, especially when it referred to courtship. Don Juan insisted that I abstain from sexual 
intercourse, because I had no energy for it. 

"All you accomplish in your sexual foragings," he declared, "is to get yourself into states of 
profound dehydration. You get circles under your eyes ; your hair is falling off ; you have weird 
spots on your nails ; your teeth are yellow ; and your eyes are tearing all the time. Relationships 
with women cause you such nervousness that you devour your food without chewing it, so you're 
always plugged up." 

Don Juan enjoyed himself immensely, telling me all this, which added enormously to my chagrín. 
His last remark was, however, like the act of throwing a lifesaver to me. 

"Sorcerers say," he went on, "that it is possible to turn a B.F into something inconceivable. It is 
just a matter of intending it ; I mean, intending the inconceivable. To do this, to intend the 
inconceivable, one must use anything that is available, anything at all." 
"What is 'anything at all,' don Juan ?" I asked, genuinely touched. 

"Anything is anything. A sensation, a memory, a wish, an urge ; perhaps fear, desperation, hope ; 
perhaps curiosity" 

I didn't quite understand this last part. But I understood it sufficiently to begin my struggle to get 
out from the underpinnings of a civilized conception. A lifetime later, the Blue Scout wrote a 
poem that explained it to me in MI. 

The Conception of a B.F 
by the Blue Scout 

She was made in an Arizonan trailer, 
after a night of playing poker 
and drinking beer with friends. 
His foot got caught 
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She smelled like a mixture of tobáceo smoke 

and Aqua Net hair spray 

He was thinking of his bowling score 

when he found himself erect. 

She was wondering how this Ufe 

could possibly last a lifetime. 

She wanted to go to the bathroom 

when she found herself pinned down. 

He stifled a belch as she was conceived, 

but luckily for her, 

the two were in the desert, 

and at that moment, 

a coyote howled, 

sending a chill of longing 

through the woman's womb. 

That chill was all 

she brought into this world. 

Part3 

The Warriors' Way Viewed as a Philosophical-Practical Paradigm 

The third premise of the warriors' way isrPERCEPTION MUST BE INTENDED IN ITS 
COMPLETENESS. Don Juan said that perception is perception, and that it is void of goodness or 
evil. He presented this premise as one of the most important components of the warriors' way, the 
essential arrangement that all sorcerers have to yield to. He argued that since the basic premise of 
the warriors' way is that we are perceivers, whatever we perceive has to be catalogued as 
perception per se, without inflicting any valué on it, positive or negative. 
My natural inclination was to insist that good and evil had to be inherent conditions of the 
universe; they had to be essences, not attributes. Whenever I presented my arguments to him, 
which were unwitting counterstatements, he would point out that my arguments lacked scope, that 
they were dictated merely by the whims of my intellect and by my affiliation to certain syntactical 
arrangements. 

"Yours are only words," he used to say, "words arranged in a pleasing order ; an order that 
conforms to the views of your time. What I give you are not merely words, but precise references 
from my book of navigation." 

The first time he mentioned his book of navigation, I was very taken with what I thought was a 
metaphor, and I wanted to know more about it. Everything don Juan said to me, in those days, I 
took as a metaphor. I found his metaphors extremely poetic and never missed an opportunity to 
comment on them. 

"A book of navigation! What a beautiful metaphor, don Juan," I said to him on that occasion. 
"Metaphor, my eye!" he said. "A sorcerer's book of navigation is not like any of your 
arrangements of words." 
"What is it then, don Juan?" 

"It is a log. It is a record of all the things sorcerers perceive on their journeys to infinity." 

"Is it a record of what all the sorcerers of your lineage perceived, don Juan?" 

"Of course! What else can it be?" 

"Do you keep it in your memory alone?" 

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keep accounts in the form of stories, especially people who lived in times prior to written 
language, or people who live on the margins of civilization in modern times. In don Juan's case, I 
thought that a record of that nature had to be of monumental length. 

Don Juan seemed to be aware of my reasoning. He chuckled before he answered me. "It is not an 
encyclopedia!" he said. "It is a log that is precise and short. I will acquaint you with all its points, 
and you will see that there is little that you or anyone else could add, if anything at all." 
"I cannot conceive how it could be short, don Juan, if it is the accumulation of the knowledge of 
all your lineage," I insisted. 

"In infinity, sorcerers find few essential points. The permutations of those essential points are 
infinite, but as I hope you will find out someday, those permutations are not important. Energy is 
extreme ly precise." 

"But how can sorcerers differentiate the permutations from the essential points, don Juan ?" 

"Sorcerers don't focus on the permutations. By the time they are ready to travel into infinity, they 
are also ready to perceive energy as it flows in the universe, and more important than anything 
else yet, they are capable of reinterpreting the flow of energy without the intervention of the 
mind." 

When don Juan voiced, for the first time, the possibility of interpreting sensory data without the 
aid of the mind, I found it impossible to conceive. Don Juan was definitely aware of my train of 
thought. 

"You are trying to understand all this in terms of your reason," he said, "and that's an impossible 
task. Accept the simple premise that perception is perception, void of complexities and 
contradictions. The book of navigation I am telling you about consists of what sorcerers perceive 
when they are in a state of total internal silence." 

"What sorcerers perceive in a state of total silence is seeing , isn't it ?" I asked. 
"No," he said firmly, looking me right in the eyes. " Seeing is perceiving energy as it flows in the 
universe, and it certainly is the beginning of sorcery, but what sorcerers are concerned with to the 
point of exhaustion is perceiving. As I have already told you, perceiving, for a sorcerer, is 
interpreting the direct flow of energy without the influence of the mind. This is why the book of 
navigation is so sparse." 

Don Juan then outlined a complete sorcery scheme, even though I didn't understand a word of it. It 
took me a lifetime to come around to handling what he said to me at that time : 
"When one is free from the mind," he said - something that was more than incomprehensible to 
me - "the interpretation of sensory data is no longer an affair taken for granted. One's total body 
contributes to it ; the body as a conglomérate of energy fields. The most important part of this 
interpretation is the contribution of the energy body , the body's twin in terms of energy ; an 
energy configuration that is the mirror image of the body as a luminous sphere. The interplay 
between the two bodies results in interpretation which cannot be good or bad, right or wrong, but 
an indivisible unit that has valué only for those who journey into infinity." 

"Why couldn't it have valué in our daily Ufe, don Juan ?" I asked. 

"Because when the two sides of man, his body and his energy body, are joined together, the 
miracle of freedom happens. Sorcerers say that at that moment, we realize that for reasons 
extraneous to us, we have been detained in our journey of awareness. This interrupted journey 
begins again at that moment of joining. 

"An essential premise of the warriors' way is, therefore, that perception ought to be intended in its 
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be made by man in possession of his two essential parts : body and energy body. This 
reinterpretation, for sorcerers, is completeness and, as you will understand someday, it must be 
intended." 

Part4 

THE WARRIORS' WAY VIEWED AS A PHILOSOPHICAL-PRACTICAL PARADIGM. 
THE ENERGY BODY 

The fourth unit of the warriors' way is THE ENERGY BODY. Don Juan Matus explained that, 
since time immemorial, sorcerers have given the ñame of energy body to a special configuration 
of energy which belongs to each human being individually. He also called this configuration the 
dreaming body , or the double or the other . His preference, in accordance with a sorcerers' 
agreement to emphasize abstract concepts, was to cali it the energy body. But he also told me 
about a secret fun ñame for the energy body, which was used as a euphemism, a nickname, a term 
of endearment, a friendly reference to something incomprehensible and veiled : que ni te jodan — 
which in English means, "they shouldn't bother you, energy body, or else." 
Don Juan formally explained the energy body as a conglomérate of energy fields which are the 
mirror image of the energy fields that make up the human body when it is seen directly as energy. 
Don Juan said that for sorcerers, the physical body and the energy body are one single unit. He 
further explained that sorcerers believe that the physical body involves both the body and the 
mind as we know them, and that the physical body and the energy body are the only 
counterbalanced energy configurations in our human realm. Since there is no such thing as a 
dualism between body and mind, the only possible dualism that exists is between the physical 
body and the energy body. 

The contention of sorcerers is that perceiving is a process of interpreting sensory data, but that 
every human being has the capacity to perceive energy directly, that is to say, without processing 
it through an interpretation system. As it has already been stated, when human beings are 
perceived in this fashion, they have the appearance of a sphere of luminosity. Sorcerers affirm that 
this sphere of luminosity is a conglomérate of energy fields he Id together by a mysterious binding 
forcé. 

"What do you mean by a conglomérate of energy fields?" I asked don Juan when he first told me 
about this. 

"Energy fields compressed together by some strange agglutinating forcé," he replied. "One of the 
arts of sorcerers is to beckon the energy body, which is ordinarily very far away from its 
counterpart, the physical body, and bring it closer so it can begin to preside energetically over 
everything the physical body does." 
[page 5/12] 

"if you want to be very exact," don Juan went on, "you can say that when the energy body is very 
cióse to the physical body, a sorcerer sees two luminous spheres, almost superimposed on each 
other. To have our energy twin cióse by would be our natural state, were it not for the fact that 
something pushes our energy body away from our physical body, starting at the very moment of 
our birth." 

The sorcerers of don Juan's lineage put an enormous emphasis on the discipline required to bring 
the energy body closer to the physical body. Don Juan explained that once the energy body is 
within a certain energetic range, which varies for each individual, its proximity allows sorcerers 
the opportunity of forging the energy body into the other or the double : another being, solid and 
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Following the same practices, sorcerers can change their solid, three-dimensional physical bodies 
into a perfect replica of the energy body ; that is to say, a conglomérate of puré energy fields 
which are invisible to the normal eye, as all energy is ; an ethereal charge of energy capable of 
going, for example, through a wall. 

"Is it possible to transform the body to such an extent, don Juan? Or are you merely describing a 
mythical proposition?" I asked, amazed and bewildered when I heard these statements. 
"There's nothing mythical about sorcerers," he responded. "Sorcerers are pragmatic beings, and 
what they describe is always something quite sober and down-to-earth. Our handicap is to be 
unwilling to stray away from our linearity. This makes us into disbelievers who are killing 
themselves to believe the damnedest things one can imagine." 

"When you talk like this, don Juan, you always mean me," I said. "What am I killing myself to 
believe?" 

"You are killing yourself to believe, for instance, that anthropology is meaningful or that it exists. 
Just like a religious man kills himself to believe that God is a man who resides up in heaven and 
that the devil is a cosmic evildoer who has taken residence down in hell." 

It was don Juan's style to make cutting but astoundingly accurate remarks about my person in the 
world. The more cutting and direct they were, the greater their effect on me and the greater my 
chagrin upon hearing them. Another of his didactic devices was to give extremely pertinent 
information about sorcerers' concepts in a mood that was light, but deeply critical of my 
compulsión to commit him to linear explanations. I asked him once, while discussing the topic of 
the energy body, one of my convoluted questions : 

"Through what processes," I said, "can sorcerers transform their ethereal energy bodies into solid, 
three-dimensional bodies, and their physical bodies into ethereal energy, capable of going through 
a wall?" 

Don Juan, adopting a professorial seriousness, raised his finger and said : "Through the volitional 
— although not always conscious — yet quite within our capabilities, but not altogether within our 
immediate ability — use of the binding forcé that ties the physical and the energy bodies together, 
as two conglomerates of energy fields." 

Stated in the vein of teasing, his explanation was nonetheless an extremely accurate 
phenomenological description of processes inconceivable to our linear minds, yet continually 
accomplished by our hidden energetic resources. Sorcerers maintain that the link between the 
physical body and the energy body is a mysterious agglutinating forcé which we use incessantly 
without ever being aware of it. 

It has been stated that when sorcerers perceive the body as a conglomérate of luminous energy 
fields, they perceive a sphere the size of both arms extended laterally and the height of the arms 
extended upwardly. They also perceive that in this sphere exists something they cali the 
assemblage point ; a spot of even more intense luminosity, the size of a tennis ball, located 
towards the back, at the height of the shoulder blades, at an arm's length away from them. 
Sorcerers consider the assemblage point to be the place where the flow of direct energy is turned 
into sensory data and interpreted as the world of everyday life. Don Juan said that the assemblage 
point, aside from doing all this, also has a most important secondary function: it is the linking 
connection between the physical body and the assemblage point of the energy body. He described 
such a connection as being analogous to two magnetized circles, each the size of a tennis ball, 
coming together, attracted by forces of intent . 

He also said that when the physical body and the energy body are not joined, the connection 
between them is an ethereal Une, which sometimes is so tenuous that it seems not to exist. Don 
Juan was certain that the energy body is pushed farther and farther away as one grows older, and 
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Queries About the Warrior's Way 

WHO ARE THE CHACMOOLS ? 

QUERIES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY 
WHO ARE THE CHACMOOLS ? 

One of the questions that has been asked with remarkable insistence has to do with the three 
persons who have been teaching the seminars and workshops so far : Kylie Lundahl, Reni Murez 
and Nyei Murez. They have been called "the chacmools." This is a term taken from the ñame 
given to some massive human figures found in the pyramids of Tula and Yucatán in México. 
Archeologists have classified those massive figures of reclining men as incensé burners set at the 
doors of the pyramids, but don Juan Matus believed that they were representations of warrior 
guardians that protected the pyramids as sites of power. 

These figures were first encountered in the Mayan town of Chacmool, henee the ñame 
"chaemool." The three persons mentioned above fit into this general category of warrior guardián. 
However, it is erroneous to believe that the three of them by themselves constitute this category of 
warrior. The three of them are the ones on which has rested, so far, the responsibility of sustaining 
the idea of a warrior guardián. Any one of us who accepts the responsibility of guarding becomes, 
ipso facto, a chacmool. Carlos Castañeda, as the nominal head of our enterprise of freedom, is the 
chacmool of all of us, and by the same measure, so is Carol Tiggs. 

On Kylie Lundahl, Reni Murez and Nyei Murez falls, nevertheless, the burden of having been the 
first ones to apply to dayly living some movements called magical passes discovered and 
developed by shamans who lived in México in ancient times ; on these three women falls also the 
joy and the honor of having brought those magical passes to the public in general. And the act of 
bringing them out should have liberated them; it should have further cut their ties with the self- 
importance that rules the acts of everyday Ufe. Ideally, Tensegrity should bring freedom to its 
practitioners, and the three chacmools known to the participants in our seminars and workshops 
should profit from this situation. However, the novelty of our bringing out for public consumption 
something so secretive as the magical passes has been a pitfall we had no means to anticípate. 
After having said thank you and good-bye, in the seminar and workshop of December 9 and 10 of 
1995, to their audience, the three of them will head for another strata of the multi-leveled affair 
that is the warriors' path. They will part to test their discipline against indeterminable odds. 

About Tensegrity and its Effects 

QUERIES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY 

Here are two questions that we would like to address ourselves to in this issue. The first is : 
When am I going to see? I have been doing Tensegrity steadily, and I have been 
recapitulating as much as I can. What's next? 

To see energy as it flows in the universe has been the primary goal of sorcerers since the 
beginning of their quest. For thousands of years, according to don Juan, warriors have endeavored 
to break the effect of our interpretation system and be able to perceive energy directly. In order to 
accomplish this, they developed, over the millennia, very exigent steps. We don't want to cali 
them "praxes" or "procedures," but rather, "maneuvers." The warriors' way, in this sense, is a 
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directly. 

As the various premises of the warriors' way are discussed in each issue of this journal in the 
section called The Warriors' Way Viewed as a Philosophical-Practical Paradigm, it will 
become obvious that the sorcerers' efforts have been and are directed at obliterating the 
predominance of self-importance, as the only means to suspend the effects of our interpretation 
system. Sorcerers have a description of suspending that effect ; they cali it stopping the world . 
When they reach this state, they see energy directly. 

The reason don Juan advised refraining from focusing on praxes and procedures is because, along 
with doing Tensegrity or recapitulating or following the warriors' path, practitioners must intend 
their change ; they must intend stopping the world . So, it is not merely following the steps that 
counts ; what is of supreme importance is intending the effect of following the steps. 

Are you doing something to me through Tensegrity ? Today, I felt something moving on my 
back and I am afraid. I have stopped doing Tensegrity until you clarify this point. 

It has been our experience that the most rational people, such as lawyers, for instance, or 
psychologists, have asked this type of question. Some years ago, Florinda Donner-Grau made the 
following statement in Spanish to one of her friends, a very serious, cultured woman : " Eres tan 
linda que te queremos robar ." "You are so darling that we want to steal you." In Spanish, this 
locution is thoroughly correct as an expression of endearment. 

Florinda did not see her friend until a year later, when she announced to Florinda that she had to 
see her on her psychiatrist's advice. She wanted to confront Florinda and her cohorts, after a year 
of analysis spurred by obsessive, recurring dreams in which an inhuman forcé was trying to take 
her away from her family and her cióse friends. In her mind, that inhuman forcé was, of course, 
Florinda DonnerGrau and her cohorts. 

Nothing of this is new to us. Every one of us has had the same feelings and asked the same 
question to don Juan Matus in varying degrees of coarseness. We all felt something moving on 
our backs. Don Juan said that it was a thankful muscle which had been fed with oxygen for the 
first time ever, after we had done the magical passes. He assured every one of us, self-important 
complainers, that he needed us as he needed a hole in the head. He reminded us that he had daily 
appointments with the infinite ; appointments that he had to attend in a state of profound ease and 
purity, and that influencing others was not in any way part of that needed ease and purity. He 
pointed out to us that the idea that we were being manipulated by some evil forcé that had us by 
the neck, like guinea pigs, was a product of our lifetime habit of relishing being victims. He used 
to chide us in a mocking tone of despair, "He's doing it to me, and I can't help myself." 

Don Juan's recommendation to us, regarding our fears of being unduly influenced, was a sort of 
parody of the political turmoil of the sixties, when the following statement was an axiom of the 
political activists of the time: "In case of doubt, burn." Don Juan modified it to : "In case of doubt, 
be impeccable." 

Nowadays, we understand don Juan's position when he said, "It is inconceivable to fulfill, loaded 
with misgivings, misconceptions and wrongdoings, the true goal of sorcery : a journey to infinity." 
When we hear our oíd complaints voiced by someone else, our act of impeccability is to assure the 
complainer that we are in search of freedom and that freedom is free ; free in the sense that it is 
gratis and free in the sense of not having the staggering grip of unwarranted and obsessive self- 
importance. 



What is the point of doing Tensegrity? 



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Quedes About the Warriors' Way 

What is the point of doing Tensegrity, recapitulating, doing all the things that you propose? 
What is the gain? I am a middle-aged woman with three children of college age; my 
marriage is not that stable ; my weight is too high. I don't know what to do. 

Again, just as in other cases I have related before, this is not a new question to me. I have voiced 
my own versión of it countless times to don Juan Matus. There were two levéis of abstraction to 
which he referred every time he answered a question like this posed by me or any other of his 
disciples - 1 know that all of them asked the same question at one time or another, in the same 
mood of despair, dejection, and uselessness. 

On the first level, the level of practicalities, don Juan would point out that the execution of the 
magical passes, by itself, led the practitioner to an incomparable state of wellbeing. 
"The physical and mental prowess that results from a systematic performance of the magical 
passes," he used to say, "is so evident that any discussion about the ir effects is irrelevant. All one 
needs to do is to practice without stopping to consider the possible gain or uselessness of it all." 

I was in no way different than the rest of don Juan's disciples, or the person who posed this 
question to me. I felt and believed that I was not qualified for the warriors' way because my flaws 
were exorbitant. When don Juan would ask me what my flaws were, I would find myself 
mumbling, incapable of describing those flaws that afflicted me so deeply. I settled it all by saying 
to him that I had a sensation of defeat that seemed to be the mark of my entire Ufe. I saw myself as 
a champion of performing to perfection idiotic things that never took me anywhere. This feeling 
was expressed in doubts and tribulations, and in an endless necessity to justify everything I did. I 
knew that I was weak and undisciplined in áreas that don Juan counted as essential. On the other 
hand, I was very disciplined in áreas that held no interest for him. My sense of defeatism was a 
most natural consequence of this contradiction. When I asserted and reasserted my doubts to him, 
he pointed out that obsessive thinking about oneself was one of the most tiring things he knew. 
"To think only about oneself," he said to me once, "produces a strange fatigue; a most 
overwhelming, drowning fatigue." 

As years went by, I carne to understand and fully accept don Juan's assertion. My conclusión, as 
well as the conclusión of all his disciples, is that the first thing one has to do is to become aware 
of the obsessive concern with the self. Another of our conclusions has been that the only means to 
have enough energy to draw away from this concern - something that cannot be attained 
intellectually - is by practicing the magical passes. Such a practice generates energy, and energy 
accomplishes wonders. 

If the performance of the magical passes is coupled with what sorcerers cali the recapitulation , 
which is the systematic viewing and reviewing of one's Ufe experiences, one's chances of getting 
out from the underpinnings of self-reflection are increased manyfold. 

All this is on the level of practicalities. The other level that don Juan referred to, he called the 
magical realm : the sorcerers' conviction that we are indeed magical beings ; that the fact that we 
are going to die makes us powerful and decisive. Sorcerers indeed believe that if we strictly 
follow the warriors' path, we could use our death as a guiding forcé in order to become beings that 
are going to die . It is their belief that beings that are going to die are magical by definition and that 
they do not die the death brought about by fatigue, and wear and tear, but that they continué on a 
journey of awareness. The forcé of the awareness that they are going to die of fatigue and wear 
and tear if they do not reclaim their magical nature makes them unique and resourceful. 
"At a given moment in our Uves, if we so desire," don Juan said to me once, "that magical 
uniqueness and power comes to our Uves ever so gently, as if it were shy." 
The Blue Scout wrote a poem once that has seemed to me always the most appropriate depiction 
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Angels' Flight 

by the Blue Scout 

There are angels who are destined 

to fly downward into the dark mists. 

Often, they get caught there, 

and for a time, they lose their wings 

and they are lost, 

sometimes for nearly a Ufe time. 

It doesn't really matter, they are still angels ; 

angels never die. 

They know that the mist will clear someday, 
if only for a moment. 

And they know that they will be reclaimed then, 
at last, 

by a golden sky. 

What's going to happen to me? 

QUEMES ABOUT THE WARRIORS' WAY 

There has been a series of questions posed by different people on the same topic. This concern 
could be classified in general terms as, "What's going to happen to me?" People have asked me 
this question personally, they have written to me about it, or I have heard about this worry through 
third persons. 

The following question was asked in this vein: "I understand that you are trying to gather a mass 
of people, because your original sorcerers' plan failed. I am hooked by what you do. What do you 
plan to do with me?" 

This is a question that should be addressed to a gurú, to a spiritual teacher. I see myself as neither 
a gurú ñor a spiritual teacher, but as someone who is trying to fit a definition given by don Juan. 
He was referring to my role in relation to the rest of his disciples, my cohorts, when he said : 
"All you can aspire to be is a counselor. You must point out an error if you see one; you must 
advise about the proper way to do something, because you will be viewing everything from the 
vantage point of total silence. Sorcerers cali this a sight from the bridge. Sorcerers see the water - 
life - as it rushes under the bridge. Their eyes are, so to speak, right at the point where the water 
goes under the bridge. They cannot see ahead. They cannot see behind. They can see only the 
now." 

I have made the utmost effort, and I will continué to do so, to fulfill this role. When a person is 
interested and says, "I am hooked," I don't daré believe that that person is hooked onto me. To 
have a personal link with a teacher is a response that all of us have learned and practiced. It stems, 
no doubt, from, being personally attached to Mother or Father, or both, or to someone else who 
fulfills that role in the family or in our circle of friends. 

If I have given, in my books, the impression that don Juan was personally related to me, it was my 
own unconscious misinterpretation. He worked incessantly, from the moment I met him, to 
extermínate this drive in me. He called it neediness and explained that it is developed and 
sponsored by the social order, and that neediness is the most obscene manner of creating and 
nourishing a slave's mentality. He said that if I believed that I was "hooked," I was hooked not to 
him personally, but to the idea of freedom, an idea which sorcerers had spent generations 
formulating. 

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that don Juan's lineage terminates with me and don Juan's other three disciples, but this is not the 
indication of a failure of any plan. It's simply a situation which sorcerers explain by saying: "it is a 
natural condition of any order to come to an end." 
[page 7/12] 

The fact that I have said that I would like to reach as many people as possible and créate a mass of 
consensus is a consequence of realizing that we are the end of a most interesting Une of thoughts 
and actions. We do feel that we are the undeserving recipients of a gigantic task : the task of 
explaining that the sorcerers' world is not an illusion, ñor is it wishful thinking. 
Another question is: "You had a teacher. How can I advance without one? I worry because I don't 
have a don Juan." 

To worry is a bona fide way of interacting in our social milieu, thus, we worry about everything. 
To "worry" is a syntactical category, similar to saying, "I don't understand." To worry doesn't 
mean to be preoccupied with something ; it's simply a way of underlining a topic that has 
importance to us. To say that you worry because there is not a don Juan available is already a 
declaration of possible defeat. It is as if that statement opens a way out which remains ready for 
use at any time. 

Don Juan himself told me that all the forcé he put into guiding me was a mandatory procedure set 
up by the sorcerers' tradition. He had to prepare me for continuing his lineage. Throughout the 
years, there have been scores of people who traveled to México to look for don Juan. They took 
the narration in my books as a description of an open possibility. That is again my fault. It is not 
that I wasn't careful, but rather, that I had to abstain from making bombastic claims that I was in 
any way special. 

Don Juan was interested in perpetuating his lineage, not in teaching his knowledge. I have already 
made this point, but it is important that I stress it repeatedly : don Juan was not a teacher at all. He 
was a sorcerer passing on his knowledge to his disciples, exclusively for the continuation of his 
lineage. 

Since his lineage comes to an end with me and his other three disciples, he himself proposed that I 
write about his knowledge. And it is precisely because his Une comes to an end that his disciples 
have opened the otherwise closed door to the sorcerers' world, and are now endeavoring to explain 
what sorcery is and what sorcerers do. 

Sorcerers say that the only possible teacher or guide that we can have is the spirit, meaning an 
abstract, impersonal forcé that exists in the universe, conscious of itself. Perhaps it could be called 
by another ñame, such as awareness, consciousness, cognition, Ufe forcé. Sorcerers believe that it 
permeates the total universe, and can guide them, and that all they need to reach this forcé is inner 
silence ; thus their assertion that our solé worthwhile link is with this forcé, and not with a person. 

Another question asked quite often is : "How come you never talked about Tensegrity in your 
books, and why are you talking about it now?" 

I had never talked about Tensegrity before because Tensegrity is don Juan's disciples' versión of 
some movements called magical passes , developed by shamans who lived in México in ancient 
times, and who were the initiators of don Juan's lineage. Tensegrity is based on those magical 
passes, and it stems from an agreement reached by don Juan Matus' four disciples to amalgámate 
the four different Unes of movements taught to each of them individually to fit their physical and 
mental configurations. 

Following don Juan's request, I have abstained throughout all these years from mentioning the 
magical passes. The highly secretive manner in which they were taught to me entailed an 
agreement on my part to surround them with the same secrecy. The closest I ever carne to 
mentioning them was when I wrote about the way don Juan "cracked his joints." In a joking 
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in which he cracked his joints." Every time he [actual page 8/12] executed one of those passes, his 
joints used to make a cracking sound. He used this as a device to entice my interest and to hide the 
true significance of what he was doing. 
[page 8/12] 

When he made me aware of the magical passes by explaining to me what they really were, I had 
already been trying compulsively to replicate the sound his joints made. By arousing my 
competitiveness, he "hooked me," so to speak, to learn a series of movements. I never achieved 
that cracking sound, which was a blessing in disguise because the muscles and tendons of the 
arms and back should never be stressed to that point. Don Juan was born with a facility to crack 
the joints of his arms and back, just like some people have the facility to crack their knuckles. 
When don Juan and the rest of his companion sorcerers formally taught me the magical passes, 
and discussed their configurations and effects, they did it in accordance with the strictest 
procedures ; procedures which demanded utmost concentration and were cushioned in total 
secrecy and ritualistic behavior. The ritualistic part of those teachings was quickly cast aside by 
don Juan, but the secretive part was made even more emphatic. 

As previously stated, Tensegrity is the amalgamation of four Unes of magical passes which had to 
be transformed from highly specialized movements that fit specific individuáis into a generic form 
that would fit everybody. The reason why Tensegrity, the modern versión of the ancient magical 
passes, is being taught now is because don Juan's four disciples agreed that, since their role is no 
longer that of perpetuating don Juan's lineage of sorcerers, they had to lighten their burden, and do 
away with the secrecy about something which has been of incommensurable valué to them for 
their well-being. 

Tensegrity Log 

WHAT IS TENSEGRITY? 

THE TENSEGRITY LOG: 
WHAT IS TENSEGRITY? 

Another question that has been asked consistently is "What is Tensegrity ?" Tensegrity is the 
modernized versión of some movements called "magical passes" developed by Indian shamans 
who lived in México in times prior to the Spanish Conquest. 

"Times prior to the Spanish Conquest" is a term used by don Juan Matus, a Mexican Indian 
sorcerer who introduced Carlos Castañeda, Carol Tiggs, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar 
to the cognitive world of shamans who lived in México, according to Don Juan, between 7000 and 
10000 years ago. 

Don Juan explained to his four disciples that those shamans, or sorcerers, as he called them, 
discovered through practices that he could not fathom, that it is possible for human beings to 
perceive energy directly as it flows in the universe. In other words, those sorcerers maintained, 
according to don Juan, that any one of us can do away, for a moment, with our system of turning 
energy inflow into sensory data pertinent to the kind of organism that we are (in our case, we are 
apes). Turning the inflow of energy into sensory data creates, sorcerers affirm, a system of 
interpretation that turns the flowing energy of the universe into the world of everyday Ufe that we 
know. 

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of perceiving energy directly, which they called seeing , they proceeded to refine it by applying it 
to themselves, meaning that they perceived one another, whenever they wanted it, as a 
conglomérate of energy fields. Human beings perceived in such a fashion appear to the seer as 
gigantic luminous spheres. The size of these luminous spheres is the breadth of the extended arms. 
When human beings are perceived as conglomerates of energy fields, a point of intense luminosity 
can be perceived at the height of the shoulder blades an arm's length away from them, on the back. 
The seers of ancient times who discovered this point of luminosity called it "the assemblage 
point," because they concluded that it is there that perception is assembled. They noticed, aided by 
their seeing, that on that spot of luminosity, the location of which is homogeneous for mankind, 
converge zillions of energy fields in the form of luminous filaments which constitute the universe 
at large. Upon converging there, they become sensory data, which is utilizable by human beings as 
organisms. This utilization of energy turned into sensory data was regarded by those sorcerers as 
an act of puré magic : energy at large transformed by the assemblage point into a veritable, all- 
inclusive world in which human beings as organisms can Uve and die. The act of transforming the 
inflow of puré energy into the perceivable world was attributed by those sorcerers to a system of 
interpretation. Their shattering conclusión, shattering to them , of course, and perhaps to some of 
us who have the energy to be attentive, was that the assemblage point was not only the spot where 
perception was assembled by turning the inflow of puré energy into sensory data, but the spot 
where the interpretation of sensory data took place. 

Their next shattering observation was that the assemblage point is displaced in a very natural and 
unobtrusive way out of its habitual position during sleep. They found out that the greater the 
displacement, the more bizarre the dreams that accompany it. From these seeing observations, 
those sorcerers jumped to the pragmatic action of the volitional displacement of the assemblage 
point. And they called their concluding results the art of dreaming . 

This art was defined by those sorcerers as the pragmatic utilization of ordinary dreams to créate an 
entrance into other worlds by the act of displacing the assemblage point at will and maintaining 
that new position, also at will. The observations of those sorcerers upon practicing the art of 
dreaming were a mixture of reason and seeing energy directly as it flows in the universe. They 
realized that at its habitual position, the assemblage point is the spot where converges a given, 
minuscule portion of the energy filaments that make up the universe, but if the assemblage point 
changes location, within the luminous egg, a different minuscule portion of energy fields 
converges on it, giving as a result a new inflow of sensory data : energy fields different from the 
habitual ones are turned into sensory data, and those different energy fields are interpreted as a 
different world. 

The art of dreaming became for those sorcerers their most absorbing practice. In the course of that 
practice, they experienced unequaled states of physical prowess and well-being, and in their effort 
to replicate those states in their hours of vigil, they found out that they were able to repeat them 
following certain movements of the body. Their efforts culminated in the discovery and 
development of a great number of such movements, which they called magical passes . 

The magical passes of those sorcerers of Mexican antiquity became their most prized possession. 
They surrounded them with rituals and mystery and taught them only to their initiates in the midst 
of tremendous secrecy. This was the manner in which don Juan Matus taught them to his 
disciples. His disciples, being the last link of his lineage, carne to the unanimous conclusión that 
any further secrecy about the magical passes was counter to the interest that they had in making 
don Juan's world available to their fellow men. They decided, therefore, to rescue the magical 
passes from their obscure state. They created in this fashion, Tensegrity, which is a term proper to 
architecture that means "the property of skeleton structures that employ continuous tensión 



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members and discontinuous compression members in such a way that each member operates with 
the máximum efficiency and economy." 

This is a most appropriate ñame because it is a mixture of two terms : tensión and integrity ; terms 
which connote the two driving forces of the magical passes. 

WHAT ARE WARRIOR GUARDIANS? 

THE TENSEGRITY LOG 

WHAT ARE WARRIOR GUARDIANS? 

It was stated in the previous issue, that for don Juan and other practitioners like him, a sorcerer 
was any person who, through discipline and purpose, was capable of interrupting the effect of the 
interpretation system we use to construct the world that we know. Sorcerers maintain that energy 
at large is transformed into sensorial data and these sensorial data are interpreted as the world of 
everyday Ufe. Sorcery is, therefore, a maneuver of interference ; a maneuver by means of which a 
flow is interrupted. For sorcerers, sorcery has nothing to do with incantations or rituals, which are 
mere concatenations designed to obscure purposefully its true nature and goal : the enlargement of 
the parameters of normal perception. 

For don Juan Matus, the practitioners of sorcery were fighters who struggled to return their 
perceiving attributes to an origin that was more engulfing than the perceiving accomplished in 
daily living. He called this kind of fighter, warrior guardián, and said that all the practitioners like 
him were warrior guardians. Warrior guardián was for him a synonym for sorcerer. 

The only thing that differentiates some warrior guardians from others is the fact that a specific 
goal or purpose has been designated for some of them, and not for others. A case in question is, 
for example, the three Chacmools, known to the attendants of the Tensegrity seminars and 
workshops. Their specific purpose was to guard the other warrior guardians and, as a unit, teach 
Tensegrity. 

Circumstances beyond anybody's control appeared on the scene, and the reactions of those three 
warrior guardians made it imperative to dissolve their configuration. Don Juan had already warned 
his disciples that whoever takes the warriors' path is subject to the effects of energy, which opens 
the way or closes it. He insisted that his disciples have the prowess to obey the dictums of energy 
and not try to command it by imposing their wills. 

When a state of profound sobriety is reached by a practitioner, there is no mistake whatsoever 
when reading the commands of energy. It is as if energy is conscious and alive, and it gives 
manifestations of its will. To go against it means an unnecessary risk which practitioners pay for 
dearly when, due to ignorance, or willfulness, they refuse to follow energy indications. 
The present format of warrior guardians that has replaced the Chacmools, has been selected by 
energy itself. This new format is called the Energy Trackers . At the beginning, when the 
formulation presented itself, the Energy Trackers were called, for a moment, the Pathfínders . The 
belief was that the Pathfínders would find new paths, new procedures, new solutions. In the act of 
working together, it became apparent that what they were doing was tracking energy. 
The explanation of tracking energy that don Juan Matus gave was somewhat confusing at the 
beginning. It became more and more clear as time went by, until it reached a level of being 
obvious to the point of redundancy. 

"To track energy is to be able to follow the tenuous trail that energy leaves as it flows," don Juan 
explained. "Not every one of us is an energy tracker ; however, a moment comes in the Ufe of 
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So I could say that some warriors are more elegant energy trackers than others, because their 
proclivity is to track energy." 

The sparseness of his explanation made it very difficult for me even to conceive what he was 
referring to. Later on I became more acutely cognizant of what don Juan had in mind. My change 
of awareness was at first a vague sensation, derived mostly from a curious intellect, which 
affirmed that it is reasonable to assume that energy, although I didn't know what energy was, must 
leave a trail. As my involvement with don Juan Matus' world became super-intense, I became 
convinced that all of his concepts were based on direct observations made at a level 
incomprehensible to my daily awareness. 

Don Juan explained my queries and sensations as a natural consequence of an inner silence I had 
gradually learned to attain. 

"What you are feeling is the flow of energy," don Juan told me. "It is like a very mild electric 
charge, or a weird itching on your solar plexus, or above your kidneys. It is not a visual effect, yet 
every sorcerer I know speaks of it as seeing energy. I'll tell you a secret. I have never seen energy. 
I only feel it. My advantage is that I have never tried to explain what I feel. I just feel whatever I 
feel, end of the story." 

His statements were a revelation to me. I happened to feel what he was describing. From there, I 
passed to the acceptance of those new feelings as events in my Ufe without trying to explain them 
by finding a relationship of cause and fect [fact]. 

On the topic of tracking energy, don Juan also said that a nexus of warrior guardians could be 
formed, because of their cióse proximity to one other ; and that the members of such a nexus that 
could very well show a remarkable capacity for tracking energy. Such an event took place among 
us after the Chacmools' collapse. And a new format emerged ; a group of warrior guardians 
became, quite suddenly, strangely capable of tracking energy. This was manifested by their 
unusual nervousness and their agility to grab onto new situations with uncanny certainty. 
If the modern jargon were to be used, it could be said that energy trackers are "channelers" par 
excellence. But the idea of channeling implies a certain degree of will on the part of the 
practitioner, who as the term describes, channels things into himself or herself. Energy trackers, 
on the other hand, do not impose their volition. They simply allow energy to show itself to them. 

The Forcé that Holds Us Together as Fields of Energy 

Tensegrity Log 

The Forcé that Holds Us Together as Fields of Energy 

The sorcerers of ancient México, who discovered and developed the magical passes on which 
Tensegrity is based, maintained, according to what don Juan explained, that the performance of 
those passes prepares and leads the body to a transcendental realization : the realization that as 
conglomerates of energy fields, human beings are held together by a vibratory, agglutinating forcé 
that joins those individual energy fields into one concise, cohesive unit. 

Don Juan Matus, in acquainting me with the propositions of those sorcerers of ancient times, 
emphasized to no end the fact that the performance of the magical passes was, to the best of his 
knowledge, the only means to lay the foundation for becoming fully conscious of that vibratory 
binding forcé ; something that happens when all the premises of the warriors' way are internalized 
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It was his ability as a teacher to make those premises a subject for embodiment ; in other words, 
he handled the premises of the warriors' way in such a fashion that it was feasible for me and his 
other disciples to transform them into units of our daily Uves. 

His contention was that this vibratory, agglutinating forcé that holds together the conglomérate of 
energy fields that we are is apparently similar to what modern-day astronomers believe must 
happen at the core of all the galaxies that exist in the cosmos. They believe that there, at their 
cores, a forcé of incalculable strength holds the stars of galaxies in place. This forcé, called a 
black hole, is a theoretical construct which seems to be the most reasonable explanation as to why 
stars do not fly away, driven by their own rotational speeds. 

Modern man has found out, through the research of scientists, that there is a binding forcé that 
holds together the component elements of an atom. By the same token, the component elements of 
cells are held together by a similar forcé that seems to compel them to combine into concrete and 
particular tissues and organs. Don Juan said that those sorcerers who lived in México in ancient 
times knew that human beings, taken as conglomerates of energy fields, are held together not by 
energetic wrappings or energetic ligaments, but by some sort of vibration that renders everything 
at once alive and in place ; some energy, some vibratory forcé, some power that cements those 
energy fields into one single energetic unit. 

Don Juan explained that those sorcerers, by means of their practices and their discipline, became 
capable of handling that vibratory forcé, once they were fully conscious of it. Their expertise in 
dealing with it became so extraordinary that their actions were transformed into legends, 
mythological events that exist only as fables. For instance, one of the stories that don Juan told 
about the ancient sorcerers was that they were capable of dissolving their physical mass by merely 
placing their full consciousness and intent on that forcé. 

Don Juan stated that, although they were capable of actually going through a pinhole if they 
deemed it necessary, they were never quite satisfied with the result of this maneuver of dissolving 
their mass. The reason for their discontent was that once their mass was dissolved, so was their 
capacity to act. They were left with the alternative of only witnessing events in which they were 
incapable of participating. Their ensuing frustration, the result of being incapacitated to act, 
turned, according to don Juan, into their damning flaw : their obsession with uncovering the 
nature of that vibratory forcé, an obsession driven by their concreteness, which made them want to 
hold and control that forcé. Their fervent desire was to strike from the ghostlike condition of 
masslessness, something which don Juan said cannot ever be accomplished. 

Modern-day practitioners, cultural heirs of those sorcerers of antiquity, having found out that it is 
not possible to be concrete and utilitarian about that vibratory forcé, have opted for the only 
rational alternative : to become conscious of that forcé with no other purpose in sight except the 
elegance and well-being brought about by knowledge. 

The only permissible instance which don Juan gave for the utilization of the power of this 
vibratory agglutinating forcé, was its capacity to make sorcerers burn from within, when the time 
comes for them to leave this world. Don Juan said that it is simplicity itself for sorcerers to place 
their absolutely total consciousness on the binding forcé with the intent to burn, and off they go, 
like a puff of air. 

HOW TO DO TENSEGRITY 

TENSEGRITY LOG 

HOW TO DO TENSEGRITY 



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The magical passes were treated by the shamans of ancient México from the start as something 
unique, and were never used as sets of exercises for developing musculature or agility. Don Juan 
said that they were viewed as magical passes from the first moment that they were formulated. He 
described the "magic" of the movements as a subtle change that the practitioners experience on 
executing them; an ephemeral quality that the movement brings to their physical and mental 
states, a kind of shine, a light in the eyes. He spoke of this subtle change as a "touch of the spirit" ; 
as if practitioners, through the movements, reestablish an unused link with the Ufe forcé that 
sustains them. He further explained that the movements were called magical passes because by 
means of practicing them, sorcerers were transported, in terms of perception, to other states of 
being in which they could sense the world in an indescribable manner. 

"Because of this quality, because of this magic," don Juan said to me once, "the passes must be 
practiced not as exercises, but as a way of beckoning power." 

"But can they be taken as physical movements, although they have never been taken as such?" I 
asked. 

I had faithfully practiced all the movements that don Juan had taught me, and 1 felt extraordinarily 
well. This feeling of wellbeing was sufficient for me. 

"You can practice them as you wish," don Juan replied. "The magical passes enhance awareness, 
regardless of how you take them. The intelligent thing would be to take them as what they are : 
magical passes that on being practiced lead the practitioners to drop the mask of socialization." 
[page 9/12] 

"What is the mask of socialization?" I asked. 

"The veneer that all of us defend and die for," he said. "The veneer we acquire in the world ; the 
one that prevents us from reaching all our potential ; the one that makes us believe we are 
immortal." 

Tensegrity, being the modernized versión of those magical passes, has been taught so far as a 
system of movements because that has been the only manner in which this mysterious and vast 
subject of the magical passes could be faced in a modern setting. The people who now practice 
Tensegrity are not shaman practitioners ; therefore, the emphasis of the magical passes has to be 
on their valué as movements. 

The point of view that has been adopted in this case is that the physical effect of the magical 
passes is the most important issue for the purpose of establishing a solid base of energy in the 
practitioners. Since the shamans of ancient México were interested in other effects of the magical 
passes, they fragmented long series of movements into single units, and practiced each fragment 
as an individual segment. In Tensegrity, the fragments have been reassembled into their original 
long forms. In this manner, a system of movements has been obtained, a system in which the 
movements themselves are emphasized above all. 

The execution of the magical passes, as shown in Tensegrity, does require a particular space or 
prearranged time, but ideally, the movements should be done in solitariness, on the spur of the 
moment, or as the necessity arises. However, the setting of urban Ufe facilitates the formation of 
groups, and under these circumstances, the only manner in which Tensegrity can be taught is to 
groups of practitioners. Practicing in groups is beneficial in many aspects and deleterious in 
others. It is beneficial because it allows the creation of consensus of movement and the 
opportunity to learn by examination and comparison. It is deleterious because it fosters the 
emergence of syntactical commands and solicitations dealing with hierarchy ; and what sorcerers 
want is to run away from subjectivity derived from syntactical commands. Unfortunately, you 
cannot have your cake and eat it, too ; so Tensegrity should be practiced in whatever form is 
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In every other respect, the way Tensegrity has been taught is a faithful reproduction of the way in 
which don Juan taught the magical passes to his disciples. He bombarded them with a profusión of 
detail and let their minds be bewildered by the amount and variety of movements, and by the 
implication that each of them individually was a pathway to infinity. 

His disciples spent years overwhelmed, confused, and above all, despondent, because they felt 
that being bombarded in such a manner was an unfair onslaught on them. Don Juan, following the 
traditional sorcerers' device of clouding the linear view of practitioners, saturated the kinesthetic 
memory of his disciples. His contention was that if they kept on practicing the movements, in 
spite of their confusión, some of them, or all of them, would attain inner silence. He said that in 
inner silence everything becomes clear to the point that we are able not only to remember, with 
absolute precisión, magical passes already forgotten, but that we know exactly what to do with 
them, or what to expect from them, without anybody telling us or guiding us. 
Don Juan's disciples could hardly believe such statements. However, at one moment, every one of 
them ceased to be confused and despondent. In a most mysterious way, the magical passes, since 
they are magical, arranged themselves into extraordinary sequences that cleared up everything. 
The concern of people practicing Tensegrity nowadays matches exactly the concern of don Juan's 
disciples. People who have attended the seminars and workshops on Tensegrity feel bewildered 
by the amount of movements. They are clamoring for a system that would allow them to intégrate 
the movements into categories that could be practiced and taught. 

I must emphasize again what I have been emphasizing from the beginning : Tensegrity is not a 
standard system of movements for developing the body. It indeed develops the body, but only as a 
byproduct of a more transcendental purpose. The [actual page 10/12] sorcerers of ancient México 
were convinced that the magical passes conduce the practitioners to a level of awareness in which 
the parameters of normal, traditional perception are canceled out by the fact that they are enlarged. 
And the practitioners are thus allowed to enter into unimaginable worlds ; worlds which are as 
inclusive and total as the one in which we Uve. 
[page 10/12] 

"But why would I want to enter into those worlds?" I asked don Juan on one occasion. 
"Because you are a traveler, like the rest of us human beings," he said, somewhat annoyed by my 
question. "Human beings are on a journey of awareness, which has been momentarily interrupted 
by strenuous forces. Believe me, we are travelers. If we don't have traveling, we have nothing." 

His answer didn't satisfy me in the least. He further explained that human beings have decayed 
morally, physically and intellectually since the moment they ceased to travel, and that they are 
caught in an eddy, so to speak, and are spinning around, having the impression of moving with the 
current, and yet remaining stationary. 

It took me thirty years of hard discipline to come to a cognitive plateau in which don Juan's 
statements were recognizable and their validity was established beyond the shadow of a doubt. 
Human beings are indeed travelers. If we don't have that, we have nothing. 

Tensegrity must be practiced with the idea that the benefit of those movements comes by itself. 
This idea must be stressed at any cost. At the beginner's level, there is no way to direct the effect 
of the magical passes, and there is no possibility whatsoever that some of them could be beneficial 
for one organ or another. As we gain in discipline and our intending becomes clearer, the effect of 
magical passes can be selected by each one of us personally and individually, for specific 
purposes pertinent to each of us only. 

What is of supreme importance at the present is to practice whatever Tensegrity sequence one 
remembers, or whatever set of movements comes to mind. The saturation that has been carried on 
will give, in the end, the results sought by the shamans of ancient México : entering into a state of 
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Naturally, when I was told, in more or less the same terms, about the sorcerers' maneuver to 
satúrate the mind into inner silence, my response was the response of any person who is interested 
in Tensegrity today : "It's not that I don't believe you, but it's something very hard to believe." 
The only answer that don Juan had to my more than justified queries and the queries of his other 
three disciples was to say, "Take my word, because mine are not arbitrary statements. My word is 
the result of corroborating, for myself, what the sorcerers of ancient México found out : that we 
human beings are magical beings." 

Don Juan's legacy includes something that I have been repeating and I will continué to repeat : 
human beings are beings unknown to themselves, filled to the brim with incredible resources that 
are never used. 

By saturating his disciples with movement, don Juan accomplished two formidable feats : he 
brought those hidden resources to the surface, and he gently broke our obsession with our linear 
mode of interpretation. By forcing his disciples to reach inner silence, he set up the continuation 
of their interrupted journey of awareness. In this manner, the ideal state of any Tensegrity 
practitioner, in relation to the Tensegrity movements, is the same as the ideal state of a practitioner 
of sorcery, in relation to the execution of magical passes. Both are being led by the movements 
themselves into an unprecedented culmination : inner silence. 

From inner silence, the practitioners of Tensegrity will be able to execute, by themselves, for 
whatever effect they see fit, without any coaching from outside sources, any movement from the 
bulk of movements with which they have been saturated ; they will be able to execute them with 
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